“The crowd gets on me no matter what,” said Davis, who later doubled in the go-ahead run in the Mets’ 4-1 loss. “If I take a strike, it’s a boo. So it really doesn’t matter. It’s a smart attempt. I just didn’t execute the bunt.”
Davis is a player the Mets hope can provide power. Though his slugging numbers are disappointing this season – and he was demoted to the minors as a result -- he hit 32 home runs in 2012. The Mets are relying on him to revert to that form again.
But the first baseman said if teams continue anticipating his tendency to pull the ball by applying an exaggerated infield shift against him, it won’t be the last time he will try to bunt for a hit.
“I’m going to do it more often,” said Davis, who is slugging .262 this season. “I get out a lot anyways so might as well give it a try. If I get it down in the right spot, it’s a hit. I’m going to definitely try to do that more often.”
Mets manager Terry Collins said he understood Davis’s rationale and highlighted Braves catcher Brian McCann’s success with the strategy. But Collins emphasized he did not instruct Davis to bunt.
“If I ever ask Ike Davis to bunt, come down and get me,” Collins quipped.